So today is Person of Colour Day?
No, I’m not going to rant about commercialism or tacky attempts to create a feeding frenzy. There’s no point. I have other polar bears to fry.
We’re watching a series on the televisual box at the moment. It’s a drama on BBC which as dramas go, isn’t too bad if a little confusing. The reason I mention it is that the entire cast [with a very few minor exceptions] consists of
blacks negros Equatorials non-whites People of Colour. Why? There is nothing in the general theme of the plot that dictates the ethnicity of the cast so the whole thing is obviously a Politically Correct nod in the direction of “Inclusiveness” and to keep the non-Caucasian happy.
Some time back I noticed this trend. It’s not just on the English channels, it’s also creeping into the Irish ones too. Advertising is the worst. Apparently if you visit a fast food place here in Ireland it’s best if you’re non-white. Non-white families enjoy the fruit of several of our establishments and are even prominently present in our service industry. A casual glance at the advertisements on television would convince you that indigenous Irish are in a distinct minority.
I don’t consider myself to be racist. Granted I have that deeply ingrained primitive instinct to distrust anyone who doesn’t look like me [ask any anthropologist – it’s a survival instinct] but I am educated enough to know that there is a basic humanity in everyone [with a few exceptions]. I treat people as I find them. Provided we can converse reasonably fluently I have no problems with them at all. Local Shop in fact seems to be run by a mix of Orientals and members of the Indian sub-continent. I get along with them very well and I hope they get along with me.
However this constant barrage of obviously foreign faces being pushed in my face is beginning to take effect. It’s like the Alphabet Gender people – I hear too much of their whinging and whining. It’s gone beyond an irritation.
I’m going to have to revisit this racist thing.